2004

PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE® 2004 EDITION: The Experience Begins

The first ever edition of what will be known as the world’s last wild race, the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE®, took place last February 2004. The racers themselves, most of whom have joined various challenges such as this all over the world, described this to be one of the most difficult, isolated, and spectacular adventure races in the world. The route, approximately 520 km in length, was located in one of the most pristine and remote parts of the world, the southernmost  part of the of the Americas, ending at a most southern latitude that any expedition race has ever reached.

Forty athletes from New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile took on the challenges brought to them by the the terrain of Patagonia: Robyn Benincasa, Christopher Morrissey, Neil Jones, Jeff Mitchell, Antonio de la Rosa, Mónica Aguilera, Marcos Barrantes, Fran López, Rubén Mandure, Carol Cattalurda, Nestor Parra, Daniel Pincu, Mikael Nordstrom, Eva Jurenikova, Per Vestling, Per Henriksson, Jorge Llano, Luisa Ríos, Ricardo Ríos, Fernando Parra, Carlos Galosi, Mercedes Sahores, Fernando Aparo, Martín Paredes, Claus Stallknecht, Jeannette Hovslagare, Martín Andersen, Soren Nielsen, Nicolas Pivcevic, Michelle Beth Maislen, Sven Gysling, Andrés Fernández, Francisco Gago, Jose Cembellin, Alfredo Gago, Nidia Barrientos, Mario Vidal, Vanesa Burlando, Marcelo Miranda and Marcelo Echazú.

The race took on a long and difficult root through the most isolated and savage corners of the mythical Tierra del Fuego. Moving towards the south, they crossed windswept steppes, rivers, swamps, the planet’s southernmost forests, the Darwin Range and the Beagle Channel, and finally ending at Puerto Williams – the southernmost town in the world.

The route consisted of eight principal stages:
1.- Mountain biking 84 km
2.- Sea-kayaking 64 km
3.- Mountain biking 71 km
4.- Mountain trekking 23 km
5.- Sea-kayaking 57 km
6.- Mountain trekking 117 km
7.- Sea-kayaking 47 km
8.- Mountain biking 57 km

In order to complete the entire route of the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE® 2004, the teams traversed through a total of 520 km, which consisted of 212 km by mountain bike, 168 km in sea-kayak, and 140 km of tough trekking that included some mountain sections requiring cord work. With only 17 control points throughout the route, teams had to be self-sufficient, well-versed in navigation, and wise enough to work within their limited resources.

Teams 2004

1. Tscherning Loberen - Denmark 

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Claus Stalknecht – Jeannette Hovslagare
Martin Andersen – Soren Nielsen

2. Reebok Adventure - Sweden 

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Mikael Nordstrom – Eva Jurenikova
Per Vestling – Per Henriksson

3. Meridianoraid.com AXN – Spain

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Antonio de la Rosa – Fran Lopez
Marcos Barrantes – Monica Aguilera

4. Simbad – Spain

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Francisco Iglesias – Jose Cembellin
Alfredo Iglesias – Nidia Barrientos

5. Corredor Topsy Salomon - Argentina

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Carlos Galosi – Mercedes Sahores
Fernando Aparo – Martín Paredes

6. Adventure Bosi - Colombia

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Jorge Llano – Luisa Rios
Ricardo Rios – Fernando Parra

7. Dap Antartica Expedition - Chile

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Andres Nicolas Pivcevic - Michelle Beth Maislen
Sven Gysling – Andres Fernandez

8. Xinix Water Purification - New Zeland

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Robyn Benincasa – Neil Jones
Christopher Morrissey – Jeff Mitchell

9. Adventour - Uruguay

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Ruben Mandure – Carol Cattalurda
Nestor Parra – Daniel Pincu

10. Tierra del Fuego - Argentina

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Mario Vidal – Vanesa Burlando
Marcelo Miranda – Marcelo Echazú

Results 2004

Final Results – PER 2004
Place
Total Race Time
(Hr:Min)
Team
Country
1
90:02
Xinix Water Purification
2
107:20
AXN Meridianoraid.com
3
108:50
Adventour Uruguay
4
108:52
Reebok Adventure
5
123:33
Adventure Bosi Colombia
6
125:28
Corredor Topsy Salomon
7
129:24
Tscherning-Loberen
8
179:33
DAP Antartica Expedition
9
Abandoned CP8
Simbad
10
Disqualified
Tierra del Fuego

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